Metal News for December 15, 2011
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35 news articles posted on this day.
Skineater has posted the cover artwork online for the upcoming debut album "Dermal Harvest," which can be viewed below. The band also commented:
"Here we go! This is the cover of the new Skineater debut album! This also means that we are getting closer to the mix and master of the album!
"There are some guitars and bass left to record. Some vocals too. No big deal! We are aiming for a release early next year (2012). This will be a really brutal release!! Keep yer eyes and ears open for further updates!" More...
Canadian act Ken Mode has checked in via Facebook with the following brief announcement about writing new material for an upcoming release:
"Holy shit, first new songs since July 2010!
"I'm aiming for us to record before 2012 is over, early 2013 release (? don't hold me to this). Though who knows how quickly we'll put these songs together.
"We have about four done right now, two with vocals, and a whole bunch of other riffs that need to be put together."
For more on Ken Mode, navigate your browser over to the band's official Facebook profile at this location.
Divine Ascension has posted the second part of a behind-the-scenes series from the filming of the "Answers" video. Check out the footage below, which was edited by Karl "Inski" Szulik. The previously posted clip is also available online at this location.
"Answers" is from the band's debut album "As The Truth Appears" (reviewed here).
Prosthetic Records has issued the following announcement about Animals As Leaders embarking on a European tour:
"Animals as Leaders will head back to Europe in April/May for their first headlining tour on that side of the Atlantic. As you may remember, the last time the progstrumetal titans were there, they supported deftones on several dates and Between the Buried and Me on an entire tour. Not bad, right?
"You can check out their headline dates down below. You may notice there's a gap in there, AND that they're not playing in the UK, and you're thinking, 'Well, that's weird,' right? Well, they're going to be supporting the legendary Meshuggah there!"
4/1 Tilburg, Holland- 013KZ
4/2 Brusells, Belgium- AB Club
4/3 Paris, France- Batofar
4/4 Bielefeld, Germany- Kamp
4/5 Kiel, Germany- Die Pumpe
4/7 Hamburg, Germany- Logo
4/8 Berlin, Germany- Magnet
4/9 Munich, Germany- Feierwerk
4/10 Frankfurt, Germany- Batschkapp
4/12 Bristol - Academy #
4/13 Wolverhampton - Slade Rooms #
4/14 Nottingham - Rock City #
4/15 Glasgow - Garage #
4/17 Manchester - Academy #
4/18 Norwich - Waterfront #
4/19 Brighton - Concorde 2 #
4/20 London - Electric Ballroom #
4/22 Trier, Germany- Ex-Haus
4/23 Bochum, Germany- Matrix
4/24 Cologne, Germany- Underground
4/25 Osnabruck, Germany- Kleine Freiheit
4/26 Hannover, Germany- Musikzentrum
4/27 Dresden, Germany- Reithalle
4/28 Prague, Czech Republic- Rock Cafe
4/29 Ludwigsburg, Germany- Rockfabrick
4/30 Zurich, Switzerland- Werk21
5/1 Vienna, Austria- Chelsea
6/29-7/1 Helsinki, Finland - Suvilahti/Tuska Open Air
# w/ Meshuggah More...
North Carolina doom act Hour of 13 has posted a new song online for streaming titled "Lucky Bones," which can be heard via the YouTube player below.
Hour of 13's new, as-yet-untitled, album will see release in 2012, with further details and an exact release date to be announced in the near future.
New Jersey solo folk metal solo project Swordbearer has posted a new song, "Where Mountains Meet the Sky," online. The song comes off of Swordbearer's upcoming second album, "Honor," which will be released on December 22nd through Itunes. Listen to the track below:
Ohio's Operative Me will be releasing a new EP titled "An Operative Me Christmas" on December 18th, 2011. In anticipation of the upcoming EP, Operative Me has now posted the song "Let It Snow" online via Soundcloud.
You can also check out the track via the player below, or find the previously posted song "Ego Vs. Self" at this location.
Bury Your Dead has posted a live video clip online for the "Slaughterhouse Five" track, which can be viewed below. "Slaughterhouse Five" is off the "Mosh 'n' Roll" album, released earlier this year via Mediaskare. Bury Your Dead also commented on the clip:
"Listen the fuck up! We released a THIRD new music video yesterday so check it out! It's from our European tour back in August with For The Fallen Dreams & Betrayal! Help us out and post this video everywhere!"
You can also find Bury Your Dead's recently posted video clip for "The Sirens of Titan" at this location.
Capital Chaos has posted footage online of Mastodon performing the song "Crystal Skull" at Ace Of Spades in Sacramento, California last month.
It was also recently announced that Red Fang will be supporting Mastodon an upcoming European winter tour, with full details available at this location.
The Warriors Of Metal Fest V Open Air has just announced the addition of five more bands to the roster of groups that will be playing. The fest will take place on June 29th and 30th at the Frontier ranch in Pataskala, Ohio. The five newest confirmed acts are:
Twisted Tower Dire
U.S. black metal act Immolith has revealed the cover artwork for the band's new album "StormDragon," which can be viewed below. Pre-orders for the new album, due out in February of 2012, are available at this location.
Stahlmann's new single "Tanzmaschine" will be released on December 16th, 2011 and the band has now posted a music video online to accompany the song. Check out the clip below. The single is taken from the upcoming Stahlmann album "Quecksilber," due out on January 20th, 2012.
Marshall Beck, vocalist and lyricist of desert thrashers Rebirth, seems to have an offbeat solution to his band staying solvent and viable as it embarks on recording it's latest album "From the Ashes, Arise." He offered the following thoughts on the campaign he is launching on Kickstarter, a funding platform for creative projects:
"I've decided that if the extreme metal community does not step up in getting this Rebirth album completed that we are going to re-write what we've already recorded and make it sound like an even more commercialized version of 5 Finger Death Punch, Limp Bizkit, and Linkin Park. I will then make sure to advertise it to the world as being an extreme metal album. Our past releases have had over 2 million downloads with only 200 of them were paid for. Do your part and we'll do ours."
Today Noisecreep premieres “Red Tide Rising,” the opening track from Orange Goblin’s forthcoming "A Eulogy For The Damned" full-length. Set for North American release on February 14, 2012 via Candlelight Records, "A Eulogy For The Damned" is the band’s seventh studio album (and first for Candlelight).
The ten-track offering was recorded at The Animal Farm studio in South London, UK, and produced and engineered by Jamie Dodd and mastered by two-time Grammy-nominated Pink Floyd engineer Andy Jackson at Tube Mastering.
Commented vocalist Ben Ward of the track: “‘Red Tide Rising’ was actually the first song we wrote for the new album and the main riff was written by [guitarist] Joe [Hoare] as far back as 2008. We all knew that this would be the lead song on the album as soon as we wrote it; it felt kind of special and it set the tempo and feel for the whole record. It’s one that we all had a lot of input on so it’s a real band effort and definitely wasn’t rushed. The ending must’ve been changed half a dozen times or so until we were all satisfied! It’s a very typical ORANGE GOBLIN song and I’m confident that it’s going to be a live favorite for many years to come. We’ve actually played it at the last few shows and despite no one knowing it, it got a great response.
"Lyrically, the song is a tribute to my fascination with the works of horror writer H.P Lovecraft. The theme centers around the rising of Cthulhu from the deep and the ultimate destruction of Earth and mankind. It was fun for me to use my imagination and be able to write about the Elder gods and the end of the world. I think it’ll make a great Heavy Metal video! The title was something I made up and we considered calling the album ‘Red Tide Rising’ for a while. It’s pretty self-explanatory with the idea of the oceans turning to blood and the beasts taking over for the dawn of a new dark age! We are all very proud of this track and honored to preview it with Noisecreep/AOL. With our annual Christmas show looming on Saturday, now seems like the perfect time to unleash this beast on the world!”
Washington's Envisionist has posted a drum play through video clip online featuring drummer Nick Estes performing the song "Custody." You can check out the clip below, or find more details on Envisionist by heading over to the band's Facebook profile at this location.
Dying Fetus has confirmed that the band will be a part of the Metal Alliance Tour in 2012. The group will be heading out across North America with Devildriver, The Faceless, Job For A Cowboy, 3 Inches of Blood, Impending Doom, and Wretched. The tour kicks off March 15th in Austin, TX as a part of the SXSW Music Festival and runs through April 21st in Houston, TX. A complete list of dates can be found below.
Dying Fetus has also entered the studio to record a new full length album. The band will once again be working with longtime producer Steve Wright (Slipknot, Misery Index) at Wrightway Studios in Baltimore, MD.
Set to be released in mid 2012 through Relapse Records, the album will feature nine tracks and is a "return to roots" with production focused slightly more on slam than in the band's last few works. Thematically, the album is set to be a good old-fashioned piece of social and political commentary in the style of Dying Fetus as we have come to know. The band has released a teaser video revealing the title of the album, which can be viewed below. More...
Sumerian Records act Stray From the Path has posted a new video clip online for the song "Bring It Back To The Streets," which comes off the album "Rising Sun" available now where ever music is sold. For more info on Stray From the path, visit the band's official Facebook profile.
Stray From the Path was also involved in a van crash while on tour last month, with details available at this location.
Instrumental metal act Blotted Science has posted the fourth and final accompanying video clip from "The Animation Of Entomology." This clip, for the song "A Sting Operation," has been synced up with a scene from the film "Swarmed."
You can also find the previously posted "Ingesting Blattaria" video, which was synced up with the movie "Creepshow," at this location.
Shadows Fall, which is currently in the process of recording a new full-length album, has checked in with the following brief announcement about hosting a live chat with fans later tonight:
"Live interview with Jason Bittner TODAY at 7pm EST. Come prepared with a webcam and mic for a chance to ask a few questions of your own."
You can catch the live interview and get the chance to ask your own question by navigating to the Yowie website at this location. Shadows Fall's currently as-yet-untitled album is set to be released sometime in 2012, with more details to be announced in the near future.
On February 27th in Europe and February 28th in North America, Dutch doom-death metal legends Asphyx will be releasing their 8th studio album, "Deathhammer," via Century Media Records. In anticipation of this release, the band is now giving fans their first preview of "Deathhammer" with the premiere of the album's title track on CVLT Nation.com. Click here to check out the song.
In regards to this new, merciless track, the band comments:
"To us this song is 100% real death metal! It's heavy, aggressive and it simply can't get more in your face than this. This song is composed by just a few shredding riffs which stick in your brain like a buzz-saw, vocals so angry that it could be a declaration of war, relentlessly pounding drums and a bass that roars like a tank. We are very proud of this song since it shows our view on real death metal: how we've always seen it, how we feel it and how we want it to be! Martin already roared a clear statement in the very beginning of this song: THIS IS TRUE DEATH METAL, YOU BASTARDS! And so it is!"
The track listing is as follows: More...
Molotov Solution has posted a new official music video online for "The Blood Of Tyrants," which is taken off the album "Insurrection." Check out the music video below.
The "Insurrection" track listing is as follows:
1. Sin & Sacrifice
2. Injustice for All
3. The Final Hour
4. The Blood of Tyrants
5. Divide & Conquer
7. Cruor Viaticus
8. Prophetic Illusions
British Columbia based metalcore act We The Martyr has posted a teaser trailer online for the band's upcoming EP. You can check out the clip below, or find more details on We The Martyr by heading over to the band's official Facebook profile here.
Having just wrapped up a North American run with Mastodon, Red Fang has confirmed that the band will be heading to Europe this Winter with Mastodon. Red Fang will be providing direct support on the tour, which kicks off January 10th in Finland and will conclude February 10th in Birmingham, England.
The band commented on the upcoming run: "The US tour we just did with those guys was one of the best ever so we are thrilled to be continuing this magical journey with Mastodon in Europe!"
The band recently finished work on a new video for the song "Hank Is Dead" with director extraordinaire, Whitey McConnaughy. Look for the video to premiere very soon. Stills from the video shoot can be seen here. Red Fang is also streaming Murder The Mountains in its entirety at this location.
Red Fang's upcoming tour dates with Mastodon are as follows: More...
Reunited crossover thrash band Corrosion Of Conformity has announced that their new, self-titled studio album, their first for seven years, will be released on February 28th in North America through Candlelight Records. The album will feature eleven new tracks and was recorded at 606 Studios, owned by Foo Fighters frontman Dave Grohl, who collaborated with Corrosion Of Conformity frontman Mike Dean on his 2003 project, Probot. The album will be released in CD as well as part of a CD/vinyl set, which Dean explained by stating:
"We like the idea of pressing this music on vinyl because so much of our inspiration comes from music that precedes the digital era. It’s also cool to have that large format for the artwork and the lyrics and the credits. It’s such a tangible physical product you can hold in your hands. In Europe, the vinyl will include a CD so you can get the files into your digital realm. In the US, a download card is included"
You can check out the tracklisting and artwork for the record below: More...
Experimental metal band Seven Nines and Tens recently has just released their debut full-length album, "Habitat 67," on December 3rd at their CD release show. The band has now posted the album on their bandcamp page where you can stream the entire album and purchase it for just $10 Canadian. You can also stream the album below.
Metalunderground.com readers can enter the coupon code "metalunderground" during check-out to receive 30% off the bandcamp direct download of "Habitat 67." This offer expires December 31st, 2011.
"Habitat 67" arrived three years almost to the day after their first live performance as a band. Seven Nines and Tens recorded and produced these songs with their friend Hayz Fisher between October 2010 and October 2011 at the Dead Room and Factory Studios in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada. Another friend of the band, Adam Veenendaal, mastered them.
The full track listing for "Habitat 67" is as follows:
1. Thermocapsulary Dehousing Assister (3:57)
2. A.S.O.H.A (6:40)
3. Crystalline Xanthine Alkaloid (6:09)
4. Microchasm (2:18)
5. The Watch that Ends the Night (3:38)
6. Saga of Butyric Fermentation (3:29)
7. I Grow Tired (5:47)
8. Retrograde Orbit (3:19)
9. Famke Jannsenn (5:49)
10. Voir Dire (3:15)
11. Day of the Living (6:35)
Seven Nines and Tens has a few shows lined up for the remainder of this year and into next year:
Dec 16 - The Corner, Vancouver, BC
Jan 27 - Funky Winkerbean's, Vancouver, BC
Feb 22 - The Media Club, Vancouver, BC
American crossover thrash outfit Municipal Waste has announced that they have completed work on their fifth studio album, which will be released next year through Nuclear Blast Records under the title "The Fatal Feast." A message from frontman Tony Foresta reads as follows:
"We're calling the record The Fatal Feast, and are expecting it to come out early next year along with a healthy dose of touring. The record is also going to feature some guest spots from John Connelly (guitarist, vocalist for Nuclear Assault), Steve Moore (who plays bass and synthesizers for Zombi), and vocalist Tim Barry (ex-Avail). The Waste is really looking forward to providing you with the soundtrack to the end of the world in 2012. See you there!"
We shall wait to see what kind of impact The Ritual make outside their native country of Italy before we conclude whether justice indeed exists in the music world. They ought to get huge in the States. Brandishing a vital and diverse modern metal sound that's polished but always potent, emotional but never cheesy, and thunderous but deliciously melodic, they have something to offer nearly everyone under the metal and hard rock banner. I've made no secret of my delight with their recent debut album "Beyond The Fragile Horizon" (reviewed here), which makes their case with a catchy, deceptive simplicity that masks a complex and thoughtful intertwining of musical styles.
In the midst of relentless gigging in support of the album, bassist Liuk J. Abbott was generous enough to take time to correspond with me and discuss just that. More...
Japanese act Sigh has announced the band's ninth album "In Somniphobia" is due out in March, 2012 on Candlelight Records. The band commented on the upcoming release:
"This album is by far more musically varied compared to the last two albums. Put heavy metal, classical music, jazz, Indian traditional music, Stockhausen, and Xenakis into a cauldron of hell and stir it, you'll get 'In Somniphobia.' It is a pure sonic nightmare that lasts more than an hour."
"In Somniphobia" will be the follow-up to Sigh's last album "Scenes From Hell" (reviewed here). Further details will be announced as they are made available.
German symphonic black/viking metal band Black Messiah posted a trailer for the upcoming music video for the new track "Windloni," which will appear on the band's forthcoming LP "The Final Journey." The album is the follow up to the band's 2009 release "First War Of The World" and is due out on February 24, 2012 through AFM Records.
Check out the video trailer here:
Astral Winter has uploaded a new cover tune to tide over fans in-between official releases. You can listen to the band's rendition of "Our Dawn Of Glory," originally by Vinterland, in the player below. Astral Winter is also offering three cover songs for free download. Click here to nab Astral Winter's covers of "Our Dawn of Glory," "Sleeping Stars" (Wintersun), and "Thorns of Crimson Death" (Dissection).
In other Astral Winter news, the band is currently writing the new album "Forest Of Silence," which is the follow-up to "Winter Enthroned" (reviewed here).
Spanish djent band Re:inanimate has uploaded a new song online for streaming. You can check out the recently posted track "Anova" through the YouTube player below or by heading over to the band's SoundCloud page.
Sangre Eterna has checked in with the following announcement about splitting with Twilight Vertrieb Records:
"Dear fans, people, and aliens,
"We wanted to say that we terminated deal with Twilight Vertrieb Records, the guys from Twilight faced some problems so they had to cancel our release. Wish them all the best in future!
"We will announce name of our new label soon! Release date of ASPHYXIA will be also announced soon! More infos coming up! Stay tuned!"
You can also check out Sangre Eterna's previously posted song "The Masquerade," which features a guest appearance by Aleksi Sihvonen of Norther, by heading over to this location.
Iced Earth has posted a new "Dystopia" webisode online, which can be viewed below, and the band also commented:
"If you're a fan of Hansi Kursch and Demons and Wizards (and, really, who isn't?), you'll love Freddie's latest behind-the-scenes Webisode. Enjoy!
"(And make sure you send Freddie Vidales a huge THANK YOU for taking the time to create these amazing reports.)"
Massacre Records has issued the following announcement about officially inking a deal with The Iniquity Descent:
"We're happy to announce the signing of The Iniquity Descent from Finland! The quintet was formed about 2 years ago by the band's guitarist Mikael Mannström. He and vocalist and lyricist Mathias Lillmåns were childhood friends and already have had several projects together. Later on the second guitarist Philip Kerbs, bassist Jonas Frilund and drummer Kenna Nygård joined the band too.
"In November 2010 The Iniquity Descent released their first 4-track EP 'Trust The Serpent,' which was followed by a mini tour in Russia and several gigs in Finland.
"Their second EP 'An Empty Temple' was released in late September 2011. The recordings of The Iniquity Descent's debut album have already started."
The band's lineup is as follows:
Mathias Lillmåns - Vocals
Mikael Mannström - Guitars
Philip Kerbs - Guitars
Jonas Frilund - Bass
Kenna Nygård - Drums
Swedish traditional metal band Steelwing is streaming the new track "Tokkotai (Wind Of Fury)" from the band's forthcoming sophomore release "Zone of Alienation" (heard below). The album is due to be released on January 6th, 2012 (Germany, Austria, Switzerland, Belgium, Holland, France) January 10th, 2012 (Sweden) and January 27th, 2012 (Rest of Europe).
The track listing for "Zone of Alienation" is as follows:
1. 2097 A.D.
2. Solar Wind Riders
3. Full Speed Ahead! (Track streaming at this location)
5. Tokkotai (Wind of Fury)
6. Zone of Alienation
7. The Running Man
8. They Came From The Skies
9. Lunacy Rising
Check out "Tokkotai (Wind Of Fury)" here: